Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 Ig seroprevalence in Northern Ireland

Publication date: Sep 19, 2023

Background: With the impact of SARS-CoV-2 upon public health directly and socioeconomically, further information was required to inform policy decisions designed to limit virus spread. This study sought to contribute to serosurveillance work within Northern Ireland to track SARS-CoV-2 progression and guide health strategy. Methods: Sera/plasma samples from clinical biochemistry laboratories were analysed for anti-SARS-CoV-2 immunoglobulins (Ig). Samples were assessed using an Elecsys anti-SARS-CoV-2 or anti-SARS-CoV-2 S ECLIA (Roche) on an automated Cobas-e-analyser. Samples were also assessed via ELISA (Euroimmun). A subset of samples assessed via Roche Elecsys anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG assay were subsequently analysed in an ACE2 pseudoneutralisation assay using a V-PLEX SARS-CoV-2 Panel 7 for IgG and ACE2 by MesoScale Diagnostics Inc. Results: Across three testing rounds (June-July 2020, November-December 2020 and June-July 2021 (rounds 1-3 respectively)), 4844 residual sera/plasma specimens were assayed for SARS-CoV-2 Ig. Seropositivity rates increased across the study, peaking at 11.6% during round 3. Varying trends in SARS-CoV-2 seropositivity were noted based on demographic factors. For instance, highest rates of seropositivity shifted from older to younger demographics across the study period. In round 3, alpha (B.1.1.7) variant neutralising antibodies were most frequently detected across age groups, with median concentration of anti-spike protein antibodies elevated in 50-69 year olds and anti-S1 RBD antibodies elevated in over 70s, relative to other age groups. Conclusions: With seropositivity rates of

Concepts Keywords
Biochemistry Anti
December Antibodies
Dundonald Assessed
Email Belfast
Socioeconomically Biochemistry


Type Source Name
disease IDO assay

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